Warner's Argo took in $1.75 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The awards season hopeful directed by and starring Ben Affleck fell 1 percent from Wednesday. That represented one of Thursday's poorer daily holds among wide releases, though Argo was also coming off of one of Wednesday's stronger daily holds. Argo grossed a very solid $26.57 million in its first seven days, which was good enough for second place for the week. The film is currently running 20 percent behind the pace of the $33.09 million seven-day start of 2010's The Town, which is very respectable when considering the less sellable subject matter of Argo in comparison.
Taken 2 held steady in second place with $1.51 million. The action-thriller sequel starring Liam Neeson was up 3 percent over Wednesday and down 40 percent from last Thursday. While it fell behind Argo during the midweek, Taken 2 was still the week's top film with a weekly take of $28.31 million. That was down 56 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to $92.57 million. Taken 2 is running 58 percent stronger than the $58.67 million two-week start of 2009's Taken, though the percentage gap between the two films will continue to shrink going forward.
Lionsgate's Sinister rounded out its first week of release with $1.12 million. The low-budget R-rated horror film starring Ethan Hawke was up 3 percent over Wednesday. Sinister finished in third for the week with a seven-day start of $22.92 million. That was on the high end of the film's surging pre-release expectations and places the film 19 percent ahead of the pace of 2010's Daybreakers.
Sony's Hotel Transylvania was up a strong 34 percent over Wednesday to remain in fourth with $0.98 million. The 3D computer animated film was down just 12 percent from last Thursday. Hotel Transylvania placed in fourth for the week with $20.63 million, which was down 41.5 percent from last week and places the film's three-week total at a stronger than expected $105.52 million.
Fellow Sony release Here Comes the Boom was up 9 percent over Wednesday, but still fell one spot to place in sixth with $0.73 million. The Kevin James vehicle grossed $14.72 million in its first week of release to take fifth for the frame. Here Comes the Boom debuted towards the lower end of expectations this week.
Paramount's Paranormal Activity 4 grossed an estimated $4.5 million from late night screenings that began at 9 p.m. As of yet, no split has been reported between pre-midnight and post-midnight grosses for the film. The $4.5 million gross was significantly softer than the $8 million midnight start of last year's Paranormal Activity 3 and the $6.3 million midnight start of 2010's Paranormal Activity 2. Check back throughout the weekend for further updates on the box office progress of Paranormal Activity 4.